Chapter 12

The Impact of Digital Television on Cinema

Today’s major movie studios are almost exclusively in the “tent pole” blockbuster event franchise business, with an emphasis on comic book superheroes, movie versions of mega-popular video games, toys, theme park rides and adaptations of bestselling books. This trend (which I pray is a trend) has relegated smaller, mid-budget and indie movies to the film festival circuit and straight to cable or digital networks, negating the big screen, cinematic experience for these worthy but more personal and/or political/controversial/challenging stories. (My favorite movie decade remains the 1970s when movies were provocative and had a social conscience.)

These days, instead of a 2-hour movie about iconic ...

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